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What is a Young Adult Carer?
A Young Adult carer is someone between the ages of 16 and 25 who looks after a family member. Caring for someone might involve things such as cooking, cleaning and other household tasks to taking responsibility for financial issues o supporting with medical issues. You may need to undertake personal care tasks or other things that your loved one can’t do for themselves. You ay have to offer emotional as well as practical support. A young adult carer might look after someone because they’re unwell, have a disability, a mental health issue or struggle with substance misuse.
So how can we help?
We offer a monthly Young Adult Carer (YAC) group which offers you the opportunity to come along and meet with other YAC’s and have the chance to socialise and have some fun. The activities that the group undertakes are chosen by the group and range from meeting up for walks to going for a meal, indoor rock climbing etc.
The group currently runs on a Saturday but this may occasionally change to a Wednesday evening in line with the availability of the activity that we are doing.
We aim to cover all the cost associated with the activities that we run.
There will also be other opportunities to access other events being run by the Young Carers team if you are under 18 and the Adult Carers team if you are 18 or over.
The hope we have is that you will meet other carers who understand the impact a caring role can have along with giving you the opportunity for a break from your responsibilities and the chance to recharge your batteries!
Referring into the service
There are 2 different routes to refer into the service depending on your / the Young Adult Carers age.
Referrals will need to be made using the online Young Carers referral form.
These will be dealt with by the Young Carers team directly. Once allocated one of the team will contact you.
Referrals will need to be made using the NEWCIS online referral form.
This is because the adult team at NEWCIS will deal with the referral, undertake any assessments needed and provide support. You can find out more about NEWCIS services here.
Once you have been allocated to a worker to complete an assessment please ask them to forward your details to the Young Carer team, if you would like to access the group, so that we can add you to our contact list.
Moving from Young Carers to Adult carers
Up to the age of 18 your support will come from the Young Carers team however once you reach 18 this will changeover to the adult team. We aim to make this transition as smooth as possible for you and one of the team will talk you through the process and changes that happen. You can still access the YAC group it is just a change in how and where your day to day support comes from.